New Year’s Honours 2017

Trinity Laban alumnus Beverley Glean has been presented with the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.

Beverley is the Founder and Artistic Director of IRIE Dance Theatre and has been working in the field of African Peoples Dance for over 30 years. She has received the award for her service to the promotion of African and Caribbean dance in the UK, after recently receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from One Dance UK’s Dance of the African Diaspora programme.

Beverley commented on receiving her award:

“I am delighted to receive the MBE both for myself and for the dance sector. It is an acknowledgement of my commitment and those that have worked with me for the advancement of African and Caribbean dance in the UK. It is extremely, humbling when your achievements are recognised and valued for their impact on the communities you serve.”

Also honoured is Kenrick Sandy, a leader in the UK Hip Hop dance scene as a practitioner, teacher and choreographer, and who will be delivering a workshop at Trinity Laban in February with Boy Blue Entertainment, of which he is the co-founder. The workshop will focus on their work on the anthology list for GCSE Dance, as part of our professional development specialist training days programme.

For more information on our workshop with Kenrick Sandy, visit our Specialist Training Days page.